New Zealand cricket’s flagship domestic T20 tournament – the Georgie Pie Super Smash T20 – will begin on Wednesday, November 5 and will run up until December 13. Get all the information on how to watch the Georgie Pie Super Smash live streaming here.
The Wellington Firebirds are highly fancied to hold on to their Georgie Pie Super Smash title and will start one of the tournament favourites this year. Last year’s league toppers, the Northern Knights, will look to forget what happened in their last two matches in 2014 in a hurry as they look to launch their new campaign on a high.
The Knights completely dominated their opponents in the league stage but were beaten in both playoff games with the Firebirds edging Auckland in the final.
The squads for the tournaments have been released and besides a whole host of Black Caps stars, a few famous names from world cricket are also set to feature this year. Recently retired Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardena has signed up with the Central District Stags. The former Lanka skipper has featured for the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League and the Sussex Sharks at the Natwest T20 Blast earlier in the year.
New Zealand skipper Brendan McCullum and his brother Nathan will feature for Otago while Corey Anderson, Kane Williamson, and pace spearhead Tim Southee play for Northern Districts.
Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor are to team up for the Central Districts with Tom Latham turning out for Canterbury. Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, and Colin Munro are to play for Auckland while Wellington will have Grant Elliot and Luke Ronchi among their most experienced pros.
Daniel Flynn will look to replicate his form from last year when he went on to become the top scorer at the tournament with 366 runs. Andrew Ellis was the leading wicket taker with 18 scalps from just eight matches at an average of 11.94.
The sides look well balanced ahead of the opener on Wednesday and we should see some interesting contests over the course of the next few weeks from New Zealand.